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* Creator/RexStout, creator of the Literature/NeroWolfe series, also wrote a 1937 novel called ''The Hand in the Glove'' starring a female private investigator called Dol Bonner. The character didn't really take off in the same way that Wolfe did, and eventually Stout incorporated her into the Wolfe series in the 1950s as a recurring character.

* While Creator/KimNewman has seeded connections between his books since the beginning, the short story "Cold Snap" seems to be a concentrated effort to tie them ''all'' together. A "Literature/DiogenesClub" story (and therefore featuring characters whose AlternateUniverse selves appear in the ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' novels) it adds characters from his early work such as ''Literature/{{Jago}}'', and even features the villain from his ''Series/DoctorWho'' novella ''Time And Relative''.


* While Creator/KimNewman has seeded connections between his books since the beginning, the short story "Cold Snap" "Literature/ColdSnap" seems to be a concentrated effort to tie them ''all'' together. A "Literature/DiogenesClub" story (and therefore featuring characters whose AlternateUniverse selves appear in the ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' novels) it adds characters from his early work such as ''Literature/{{Jago}}'', and even features the villain from his ''Series/DoctorWho'' novella ''Time And Relative''. The connection seems to be a case of TheMultiverse, rather than a single world, since some of the characters are more or less explicitly indicated to be alternate versions of the ones from the novels; this may have been the only way to tie the fairly light-hearted action-adventure of the Diogenes Club series to a set of works that shade into outright horror. The events of ''Time and Relative'' are explicitly described by a character with knowledge of the multiverse as having happened in "a continuum several path-forks away from our own", and the ending hints that the events of ''Jago'' will go differently in the Diogenes timeline because of the Club's involvement.

* Creator/IsaacAsimov: In the 1980s, Dr Asimov wrote several novels linking his ''Literature/RobotSeries'' with his ''Literature/TheEmpireTrilogy'' and ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series. ''Literature/FoundationAndEarth'' holds the most welding; a protagonist from ''Foundation'''s Terminus meet with a ''Robots'' protagonist, ''{{Literature/Nemesis}}'' is implied to be the ancestor story of another protagonist, and they describe the climax/collapse of an organization from ''Literature/TheEndOfEternity'', implying that these stories all exist in the same continuity.


* Creator/IsaacAsimov: Creator/IsaacAsimov:
In the 1980s, Dr Asimov wrote several novels linking his ''Literature/RobotSeries'' with his ''Literature/TheEmpireTrilogy'' and ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series. ''Literature/FoundationAndEarth'' holds the most welding; a protagonist from ''Foundation'''s Terminus meet with a ''Robots'' protagonist, ''{{Literature/Nemesis}}'' is implied to be the ancestor story of another protagonist, and they describe the climax/collapse of an organization from ''Literature/TheEndOfEternity'', implying that these stories all exist in the same continuity.continuity.
** The early robot story "Literature/{{Robbie}}" was given an OrwellianRetcon to tie it into the Robot series, replacing the Finmark Robot Corporation with US Robotics and Mechanical Men, and adding a Susan Calvin cameo.

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* Fantasy author Creator/MichaelMoorcock gradually connected almost every single character he'd created into a MythArc revolving around the concept of the [[CosmicPlaything Eternal Champion]].
** Moorcock's ''Series/DoctorWho'' novel ''The Coming of the Terraphiles'' features a ''Captain'' Cornelius, who may or may not be another aspect of the Eternal Champion (much like [[Literature/TheCorneliusChronicles Jerry Cornelius]]) which ties the Eternal Champion into the Whoniverse as well![[note]]Moorcock has said that Captain Cornelius was created because he was told he couldn't use Jack Harkness. Whether this makes Captain Jack the Eternal Champion is an open question, but it's fun to think it might.[[/note]] There's also a Second Aether, referencing Moorcock's Second Ether sequence which also takes place in the Eternal Champion continuity.
** Moorcock also wrote some stories set in Creator/AlanMoore's Creator/AmericasBestComics Universe, characters from which later appeared in Elric comics; Elric himself briefly met ComicBook/ConanTheBarbarian in an early issue of Conan's Creator/MarvelComics series.
* Creator/IsaacAsimov: In the 1980s, Dr Asimov wrote several novels linking his ''Literature/RobotSeries'' with his ''Literature/TheEmpireTrilogy'' and ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series. ''Literature/FoundationAndEarth'' holds the most welding; a protagonist from ''Foundation'''s Terminus meet with a ''Robots'' protagonist, ''{{Literature/Nemesis}}'' is implied to be the ancestor story of another protagonist, and they describe the climax/collapse of an organization from ''Literature/TheEndOfEternity'', implying that these stories all exist in the same continuity.
* The final novels in Creator/AnneRice's ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'' tie Lestat's story into that of Literature/TheMayfairWitches.
** Actually, they were tied together much before that, notably by the Talamasca (introduced in ''Queen of the Damned'' and later a key player in both the vampires and witches novels) and a few common supporting characters like Aaron Lightner. In other words, the Witches novels avowedly take place in the same world as the ''Vampire Chronicles'' from day one, though their interactions increase substantially over time. Hints in ''The Vampire Lestat'' also indicate that Rice's least-liked novel, ''The Mummy,'' also shares a continuity with these series.
** The novel ''The Queen of the Damned'' establishes that witches and spirits are real. ''Memnoch the Devil'' claims that God, the angels, and TheDevil are all real.
** However, despite Lestat having actually met Christ, Rice insists that her biographical novels recounting the life of Jesus are not part of the same continuity.
* Creator/JRRTolkien:
** ''Literature/TheHobbit'' was not, at the time of its writing, intended to be in the same continuity as ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', which Tolkien regarded mainly as personal recreation and had as yet no intent of publishing. Despite this, he couldn't help throwing in a few [[ShoutOut names and locations]] that referenced ''The Silmarillion''. When he began writing the sequel that would become ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', he went whole-hog and moved ''The Hobbit'' to Middle-Earth, ''The Silmarillion'' becoming the BackStory of the novels. In fact, the ring that Bilbo found was originally just an ordinary, harmless magic ring and nothing more, and Gollum, having no motive to kill Bilbo, happily led him to safety at the conclusion of the riddle game. It wasn't until ''The Lord of the Rings'' was being written that Tolkien decided that it was ''the'' ring, and he revised the Bilbo-Gollum encounter in order to make it more sinister. The in-universe explanation for the altered narrative is that Bilbo wrote the first version while under the influence of the ring as he wanted to conceal the actual circumstances of his acquiring it. The revised, true version was written later, after he was no longer in the ring's grasp.
** Tom Bombadil, Goldberry and Old Man Willow originally appeared in a poem published in 1933. They had no connection to Middle-Earth until the writing of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' was in progress, and that didn't turn them into anything more significant than a WackyWaysideTribe.
* Creator/CSLewis:
** ''Literature/TheSpaceTrilogy'': ''Literature/ThatHideousStrength'' contains not only Myth/{{Merlin}} as a real, historical character, along with the rest of Myth/{{Arthurian Legend}}, but one of the main characters interrogates him regarding "Numinor", a misspelling (or obsolete spelling) of "Numénor", from ''Creator/JRRTolkien'''s ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' and surrounding legendarium, which was unpublished at the time. This is surprising on the one hand for its implications for the worlds in question, as well as unsurprising because of the authors' close friendship and the fact that both canons are set on Earth but at different times (the inestimable past and the present). It's all the more incredible to realize that it took 32 years for ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' to be published (in 1977) after ''Literature/ThatHideousStrength'' (in 1945), making it surely among the longest complete payoffs for an EasterEgg.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein did this towards the end of his career, incorporating all his previous stories (often with radically different universes) into one meta-universe, thanks to a handy trans-dimensional device invented by one of his characters. Then he brought the ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' series in, and the [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz books]], and eventually ''[[ all fiction ever created]]''.
** Though he did give preference to the ones he liked, and especially those written by authors with whom he was personally acquainted; one of the transdimensional 'jumps' involved taking the characters into the Literature/{{Lensman}} universe created by his friend, Creator/EEDocSmith. He even threw in some real people: the characters of ''Literature/TheNumberOfTheBeast'' run into [[Creator/LewisCarroll Charles Dodgson]] while in Wonderland, and near the end of the novel, it's mentioned that [[Creator/RobertAHeinlein Bob]], [[Creator/ArthurCClarke Arthur]], and [[Creator/IsaacAsimov Isaac]] should be showing up for a big meeting soon.
** Nearly all main characters he ever wrote are in one scene at the end of ''Literature/TheCatWhoWalksThroughWalls''.They try to [[spoiler:recover Mycroft Holmes, whose death was perhaps the biggest TearJerker Heinline ever wrote. Towards the end the characters are aware they are in a story, and find the Author to be a bastard...]]
* Creator/LarryNiven originally had two continuities: the first was the "slowboat" stories of early colonization of space by humanity (featuring the novels ''Literature/WorldOfPtavvs'', the Gil Hamilton stories, and ''Literature/AGiftFromEarth''), while the second featured faster-than-light travel and aliens (featuring the stories of Beowulf Shaeffer, Louis Wu, and the ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}''. And then he wrote his short story "A Relic of the Empire", which combined the two continuities and created the ''Literature/KnownSpace'' universe.
* The first novel in Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/NomesTrilogy'', ''Literature/{{Truckers}}'', takes place in the (real) town of Grimethorpe, but in the later books the Store is relocated to Blackbury, which is also the setting of the Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy.
* Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs had Literature/{{Tarzan}} travel to the underground world of Literature/{{Pellucidar}} in order to rescue the hero of the series. ERB weaved together the continuity of his books in other ways.
** The character Jason Gridley is introduced in ''[[{{Literature/Pellucidar}} Tanar of Pellucidar]]'', meets Literature/{{Tarzan}} in ''Tarzan at the Earth's Core'', and appears as part of the frame story in ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars A Fighting Man of Mars]]'' and ''Literature/PiratesOfVenus'', linking together Burroughs' four main series.
** The technology for the Moon mission from ''Literature/TheMoonMaid'' was Barsoomian in origin.
** Tarzan is a supporting character in ''The Eternal Lover'', whose central character is the sister of the hero of ''The Mad King''; thereby bringing those otherwise non-series novels into the fold.
* Terry Brooks' ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' series was always established as being set a fantasy world that formed AfterTheEnd of modern civilisation. His ''Literature/TheGenesisOfShannara'' series is set during the collapse of civilisation, and establishes the Four Lands as the future of his ''Literature/TheWordAndTheVoid'' novels.
* What Creator/AugustDerleth called the "Franchise/CthulhuMythos" (a term never used by Creator/HPLovecraft and only by Derleth after Lovecraft's death) originated from cross-references by Lovecraft between his own stories and that by other writers. Lovecraft, not Derleth, referenced passages from the Necronomicon, other forbidden books, or placing offhand comments during the expository monologues, about various {{Eldritch Abomination}}s having no bearing on the current story. Specifically, ''Literature/TheDreamQuestOfUnknownKadath'' ties most of his early standalone [[ShortStory short stories]] into the Dreamlands Cycle, and also brings in "Pickman's Model" and the Randolph Carter stories. The Dreamlands Cycle is ultimately linked to the so-called Cthulhu Mythos, though a few stories, such as the early "Literature/{{Dagon}}", ''may'' be outside the grand continuity. Several other authors have tied them together, notably Creator/AugustDerleth and Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith. Even the demonic race beneath the Earth from "Literature/TheRatsInTheWalls" appears to be referenced in "Literature/TheWhispererInDarkness".
** Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith's Xiccarph and Zothique series were not originally connected to the "mythos" in Smith's own writings.
** Lovecraft and others tied works by earlier writers he did not personally know. For example, Creator/RWChambers' ''Literature/TheKingInYellow'' (referenced in "The Whisperer in Darkness"), to the work of Creator/ArthurMachen (the Aklo language) and Creator/LordDunsany (Bethmoora).
** Though they never met in person, Lovecraft and Creator/RobertEHoward were pen pals and some of their letters discuss plans to combine their respective universes, but their [[AuthorExistenceFailure untimely deaths]] prevented this from [[WhatCouldHaveBeen being made a reality]] beyond a few vague hints in various stories.
* Creator/StephenKing:
** Beginning with ''Literature/{{It}}'', King began tying many of his novels into ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series, to the point that every single novel he wrote during the early 2000s was somehow related to the epic. The process included bringing back a character he PutOnABus (literally) in ''Literature/SalemsLot'' and {{retcon}}ning the BigBad from ''Literature/TheStand'' into the Crimson King's [[TheDragon Dragon]]. (Indeed, the Crimson King himself made his first appearance outside ''The Dark Tower'' series.)\\\
From ''Literature/{{Desperation}}'' (1996) to ''Literature/FromABuick8'' and ''Everything's Eventual'' (2002), 100% of King's fiction output (six novels and two story collections) tied into ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' (at least retroactively). These were bookended by ''Literature/WizardAndGlass'' in 1997 and the conclusion of ''The Dark Tower'' series in 2003-04. There's also the aforementioned incorporation of everything back to ''Salem's Lot'' and ''Literature/TheStand'', written before ''Literature/TheGunslinger''.\\\
And lest we forget, ''Salem's Lot'' takes place in the same city as ''Jerusalem's Lot'', an earlier short story, confirmed to be in the Franchise/CthulhuMythos. Therefore, ''The Dark Tower'' series is part of the Mythos by extension. Oh and as mentioned above {{Transformers}}, Series/DoctorWho, Franchise/SherlockHolmes, and everything else on this page has crossed over with the Cthulhu Mythos.
** It's also been established that if there's anyone in a King story with the initials R.F., they're probably a very particular person: [[spoiler:Randall Flagg, the BigBad of ''Literature/TheStand'', ''The Eyes of the Dragon'' (as Flagg, no first name), and the Crimson King's [[TheDragon Dragon]].]] Except for (presumably) Rudy Foggia of ''The Jaunt'', who is quite dead at the beginning of the story.
** ''Literature/{{It}}'' also contains an appearance by Charles Pickman, from the Creator/HPLovecraft story ''Pickman's Model'' -- which ties it to all the Lovecraft stories mentioned below. King's next novel, ''Literature/TheTommyknockers'', not only crossed over with ''It'', but also tied in several of King's other novels, including ''Firestarter'' and ''Literature/TheTalisman''.
** Also, the books ''Dolores Claiborne'' and ''Gerald's Game'' refer to each other, as the female protagonists of the books have a psychic link, having times when they suddenly get the feeling that this other person, whom they don't know, is somehow in danger.
** ''Literature/{{Misery}}'' refers to ''Literature/TheShining'' at one point, when Annie mentions the ruin of the Overlook Hotel.
* Tony Hillerman once had two series, one featuring Navajo cop Jim Chee and one featuring Navajo cop Joe Leaphorn. There is now only the Leaphorn & Chee Mysteries.
** Though to be fair, from the beginning the Chee stories (which came second) would reference Leaphorn and characters and events from his stories--they just weren't featured in the same books for a while.
* Before he's done, F. Paul Wilson's ''Adversary Cycle'' bids fair to weave in practically every book and short story the man has ever written.
* Creator/MercedesLackey's assorted UrbanFantasy stories seem to be set in different continuities, until mention is made of the west coast elfhames (from the ''Bedlam's Bard'' series) in the ''Literature/{{SERRAted Edge}}'' novels, and of Tannim, the mulleted protagonist of the [=SERRAted=] Edge novels appearing as a bit character in his teens in ''Literature/JinxHigh'', a Diana Tregarde investigation.
** Since ''Jinx High'' was Tannim's first appearance, and the ''Bedlam's Bard'' events were namechecked in the first [=SERRAted=] Edge novel, this one was evidently intended from the start, or nearly so.
* Kate Elliott has confirmed that her new ''Crossroads'' trilogy of fantasy novels is actually a fictional story within the context of her earlier ''[[Literature/NovelsOfTheJaran Jaran]]'' series of SF novels.
* Creator/PeterFHamilton retconned several of his earlier SF short stories to be set in the same universe as his immense, later ''Literature/TheNightsDawnTrilogy'' and published them in a collection called ''A Second Chance at Eden''. However, he has avoided this phenomenon elsewhere and has created no less than three distinct SF universes existed at similar points in history, making it impossible for them to coexist in the same continuity.
* Creator/AlastairReynolds did something similar with several of his early SF short stories, retrofitting them into his ''[[Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries Revelation Space]]'' series of books and publishing the results as a collection called ''Galactic North''.
* Creator/GuyGavrielKay's ''Literature/TheFionavarTapestry'' presents the world of Fionavar as so significant that echoes of it appear in the mythologies of every other world in TheMultiverse. His subsequent stand-alone novels ''Literature/{{Tigana}}'' and ''Literature/TheLionsOfAlRassan'', although each set in a different world, each has a moment showing that to be true. ''Literature/{{Ysabel}}'' is more overt, actually featuring several characters from the ''Fionavar Tapestry'' later on.
* The Creator/PeterDavid novel ''Howling Mad'' mentions Mayor Penn, who is the returned King Arthur from ''Literature/KnightLife''.
* A particularly confusing example is ''The Well of Lost Plots'', which ties the world of ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' into a book ([[Literature/NurseryCrime now a series]]) that Jasper Fforde wrote ''first'', but which was published ''afterwards'' (''The Big Over Easy'', originally ''Nursery Crimes''), and does so by establishing it as fictional within the Nextiverse, although, like all works of fiction, Thursday can enter it, and spends most of the book inside it, being ultimately responsible for its odd mix of genres. Everyone follow that?
** To further confuse things, the ''Thursday Next'' stories are themselves fictional within the ''Nursery Crimes'' series.
* Creator/AgathaChristie's AuthorAvatar Ariadne Oliver seems to tie several of her series together. She originally appeared in the [[Literature/ParkerPyneInvestigates Parker Pyne]] stories (as did Miss Lemon). Then she became established as a Literature/HerculePoirot character, starting with ''Cards On the Table'' (which also featured Superintendent Battle, who'd previously appeared in the two novels starring Bundle Brent). Then she was the main character in the 1961 novel ''The Pale Horse'', which also featured the vicar's wife from the Literature/MissMarple novel ''The Moving Finger''. And in ''Murder in Three Acts'', Poirot meets Mr Satterthwaite, who previously appeared in ''Literature/TheMysteriousMrQuin'' collection of short stories. Literature/TommyAndTuppence are also linked, since the same slightly unhinged old lady appears in ''The Pale Horse'', the Miss Marple novel ''The Sleeping Murder'', and the Tommy and Tuppence novel ''By the Pricking of my Thumbs'', despite ''Partners in Crime'' having them refer to Poirot as a fictional character. Then again, ''Partners in Crime'' mentions Poirot, but not ''Agatha Christie'', and the novel that Tommy references is ''The Big Four'', one of the ones narrated by Hastings, so maybe it was, in-universe, written by Hastings, Watson-style.
** Tommy and Tuppence can also be linked to the others through a mysterious character who is only referred to as Mr. Robinson. This character appears with Poirot in ''Cat Among the Pigeons'', Marple in ''At Bertram's Hotel'', and Tommy and Tuppence in ''Postern of Fate''. He also appears in ''Passenger to Frankfurt'', which does not feature any of Christie's series detectives.
* While Creator/KimNewman has seeded connections between his books since the beginning, the short story "Cold Snap" seems to be a concentrated effort to tie them ''all'' together. A "Literature/DiogenesClub" story (and therefore featuring characters whose AlternateUniverse selves appear in the ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' novels) it adds characters from his early work such as ''Literature/{{Jago}}'', and even features the villain from his ''Series/DoctorWho'' novella ''Time And Relative''.
** Under the pseudonym Jack Yeovil, Newman wrote a number of books based on Games Workshop properties. ''Krokodil Tears'', one of the ''Literature/DarkFuture'' books, had its BigBad have a vision of an alternate version of himself as the Big Bad from his [[Literature/{{Drachenfels}} Vampire Genevieve series]] of ''Warhammer'' books.
* Creator/KimNewman isn't the only author to tie his personal [[TheVerse Verse]] into the Franchise/{{Whoniverse}}. Iris Wildthyme was a character in Paul Magrs' MagicRealism novels, before he revealed she was an extremely eccentric Time Lady.
** Iris Wildthyme, in her appearances in novels and audios, occasionally interacts with an organisation called MIAOW, The Ministry for Incursions And Other Wonders (simultaneously a parody of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and ''Series/DoctorWho'''s UNIT). This organisation has also turned up in his Brenda and Effie series of novels set around Whitby. Characters from his Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''Mad Dogs and Englishmen'', his AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audio drama ''The Boy That Time Forgot'', and the ''Pheonix Court'' series that featured the original version of Iris have also appeared in this series. A character from one of Magrs' Tenth Doctor novels also reappeared in an Iris Wildthyme short story, along with a character from the Brenda and Effie series.
* Creator/HRiderHaggard's novel ''She and Allan'' brought together Ayesha from ''Literature/{{She}}'' and Allan Quatermain from ''Literature/KingSolomonsMines''.
* Creator/EEDocSmith's ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series of novels was originally 4 books long (initially published in serial form in an SF magazine). In the late 1940s or early 1950s, he took an early work of his named ''Triplanetary'' and retrofit it in with the rest of the ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' universe. He wrote an additional novel, ''First Lensman'', to bridge the gap between the two storylines.
* Creator/JulesVerne did this quite a bit:
** Most famously, he welded ''Literature/TheMysteriousIsland'' with his earlier books ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'' and ''Literature/InSearchOfTheCastaways'' by adding Captain Nemo from the former and Tom Ayrton from the latter to the cast of characters.However, doing so opened a few [[PlotHole plot holes]], and the time period doesn't quite match.
** ''Literature/RoburTheConqueror'' mentions the cannon from ''Literature/TheBegumsMillions''. (Insert inevitable joke about "[[IncrediblyLamePun Cannon Welding]]" here.)
* Creator/DavidGemmell has stated that all his books take place in the same world, despite covering vastly different territory, such as a low-magic fairly standard fantasy world (''Literature/{{Drenai}}'' saga), a post-apocalyptic world (''The Jerusalem Man'') and our own world (an Arthurian duology and a duology set in ancient Greece). (Those last three are explicitly connected by the plot device of the [[Literature/StonesOfPower Sipstrassi stones]].)
* L. Frank Baum, the author of ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', also wrote [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz sequels]] and non-Oz works of fantasy. Through several {{Crossover}}s, he established that all of them take place in the same magical continent, called Nonestica.
* Leslie Charteris introduced Inspector Teal in the novel Daredevil featuring Storm Arden before Teal appeared in the Saint series.
* Creator/PoulAnderson's [[Literature/PolesotechnicLeague Nicholas van Rijn stories]] and Literature/DominicFlandry stories weren't, originally, part of the same universe. But a bit of prodding by fans, and he wrote some bridging so that now they are both part of the ''Literature/TechnicHistory''.
* Creator/DaleBrown has done this. Rebecca Furness and Daren Mace, characters originally in the non-Patrick [=McLanahan=] book ''Chains of Command'', joined the main continuity in ''Battle Born'' and ''Warrior Class'' respectively. The eponymous space station of ''Silver Tower'', thought a victim of CanonDiscontinuity because of its long absence from his books, joins the main continuity in ''Strike Force''. TheDragon of non-Patrick [=McLanahan=] book ''Storming Heaven'', Gregory Townsend, is DragonAscendant BigBad of main continuity title ''The Tin Man''.
* Creator/IainBanks, in his mainstream (non-SF) literature has said he doesn't do sequels/prequels; though he did include one subtle crossover in ''Complicity'': Cameron's friend Al, an engineer he met on a paintballing weekend, is Alexander Lennox, recovered from his car-crash in ''The Bridge''.
* All of Creator/ChristopherMoore's varied books appear to take place in the same verse, whether the setting is modern suburban California or Israel in Jesus's time. Various characters make appearances outside of their respective novels, like angels and vampires and fruit bats. Of course, whether this is actual canon ''welding'' or just his [[TheVerse Verse]] depends on whether Moore had the broad strokes sketched out from the start or just made it up as he went (and tied it together afterwards)!
* Creator/PhilipJoseFarmer took this to the extreme in his creation of the Wold Newton Universe. His novels ''Tarzan Alive'' and ''Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life'' link the two heroes' respective families to the same event, the meteor strike in Wold Newton, Yorkshire, England, on December 13, 1795. Other stories, both by Farmer and other writers, have expanded the Wold Newton universe to demonstrate links to Literature/TheScarletPimpernel, Franchise/SherlockHolmes, Literature/TheSpider, Literature/JamesBond, Literature/NeroWolfe, [[Literature/TheMalteseFalcon Sam Spade]], Radio/TheLoneRanger, Radio/TheGreenHornet, and even Franchise/StarTrek.
** In a way, his series of books beginning with ''To Your Scattered Bodies Go'' could be considered the logical conclusion of this trope, as he intentionally designed a world in which he could bring in any character from any story written by anyone.
* Creator/MadeleineLEngle first connected her "Kairos" and "Chronos" series when Canon Tallis from Kairos novel ''The Arm of the Starfish'' appears in Cronos novel ''The Young Unicorns''; several characters from each series would cross over later.
* In ''The Art of Detection'', Laurie R. King welds her wildly successful series about [[Literature/MaryRussell Sherlock Holmes' female apprentice]] to her lesser-known series about a modern San Francisco cop. The novel is a serious MindScrew, as Sherlock Holmes appears to be simultaneously real and fictional in it.
* Creator/SimonRGreen's series The {{Literature/Nightside}}, Literature/SecretHistories, and Ghostfinders take place in the same world. And constantly [[ShoutOut reference]] each other. There are also very strong connections to his Deathstalker, Forest Kingdom, and Hawk and Fisher series. And all his other writings.
** In the latest Nightside novel there's even a perspective-flipped recreation of a scene from a Hawk and Fisher novel, of the duo waiting at a tavern to meet Razor Eddie.
* An [[WhatCouldHaveBeen unreleased]] series of novels (''Alien Exodus'' and ''The Human Exodus'') in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse would have done this between ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Film/THX1138'', and ''Film/AmericanGraffiti''. The novel would have had descendants of the characters from the latter two works warp across time and space to ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway and become the first humans in that place.
* Narita Ryohgo wrote links establishing that his three series of light novels - ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' and ''Vamp!'' - all take place in one universe. For example, Shizuo from ''Durarara'' mentions getting into a fight with person strongly implied to be one of the ''Baccano!'' characters.
* It's not clear if this was intended from the start, but a minor character in the Starbuck series (set in the American Civil War) by Bernard Cornwall was revealed in the second book to be the son of Richard Sharpe, the hero of the ''Literature/{{Sharpe}}'' series, Cornwall's earlier and more famous series set in the Napoleonic Wars.
* Neil Munro wrote two series of short stories for the ''Glasgow Evening News'': ''Erchie, My Droll Friend'' about a Glaswegian waiter, and ''Para Handy, Master Mariner'' about a steamboat going up the West Coast of Scotland. When Erchie needs to take a ship to his daughter's wedding, naturally it's Para Handy's ''Vital Spark''.
* Andrzej Pilipiuk has connected his Literature/JakubWedrowycz stories with his more serious trilogy called ''Kuzynki'' (''Cousins'') - Jakub is mentioned by name in second volume and makes a cameo in third, combined with the illustration to leave no doubt that this is indeed him. This is odd, because in first book of the trilogy Jakub is clearly fictional as one of the characters reads his books and considers them [[SelfDeprecation the evidence that modern Polish literature is terrible]].
* E. F. Benson's ''Literature/MappAndLucia'' series only came together with the novel of that title, which brought the characters of ''Miss Mapp'' together with those of two previous ''Lucia'' novels. Although not regarded part of the series ''per se'', another earlier novel ''Secret lives'' was also subsequently tied into the same continuity.
* Creator/AnneMcCaffrey:
** ''Pegasus In Flight'' and ''Pegasus In Space'' were written as {{Interquel}}s to officially merge the original ''Literature/ToRidePegasus'' with the later ''The Rowan'' and the rest of the ''Literature/TowerAndTheHive'' series into a single continuity.
** In one of the ''Literature/CrystalSinger'' novels, the protagonist travels in a BB Ship, the unique form of space travel featured in her earlier ''Literature/TheShipWhoSang''.
* Just about every book by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child take place in the same fictional universe. They're probably best known for the Literature/AgentPendergast series, but even their non-Pendergast books share characters that tie in with one another. For example, one of their earlier books, ''Literature/{{Thunderhead}}'', introduced anthropologist Nora Kelly and featured William Smithback from their first Pendergast-related novels; Kelly was later made a recurring character in the Pendergast novels. Two Pendergast novels feature a wheelchair-bound profiler named Eli Glinn, he was introduced in an earlier novel entitled ''Literature/TheIceLimit'' and has later appeared in their new Gideon Crews series of novels. Mime, a hacker from the duo's second book ''Literature/MountDragon,'' has appeared in their later Pendergast novels.
* Several of Creator/PiersAnthony's works. The last book of the ''Mode'' series featured a brief trip to ''Literature/{{Xanth}}''. The 27th ''Xanth'' book included a visit to Phaze, a world from the ''Literature/ApprenticeAdept'' series.
* At the end of Creator/ChristopherAnvil's "War With The Outs" series, humanity learns that beyond the Outs' territory, space is controlled by two new alien races, the Stath and the Ursoids. Both of these had previously made appearances in his "Colonization" series, suggesting that the "War With The Outs" stories take place earlier in the same universe.
* Susanna Clarke published a short story where one of characters from ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'' visits village from Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/{{Stardust}}'', making both stories take place in one world. As far as we know, this is still canonical.
* OlderThanRadio: French writer Creator/HonoreDeBalzac wrote a few independant novels and short stories before making recurring characters. He next made the project of making a study of human society and called his work ''The Human Comedy'' (in reference to ''The Divine Comedy'').
* OlderThanPrint:
** As the original versions of the stories have been lost and had to be speculatively reconstructed by scholars from the evidence of the various German and Scandinavian versions it is hard to tell, but it is quite clear that the ''Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}'' is an amalgam of some quite different stories, and it is a matter of conjecture to decide when the welding of the elements occurred and which ones are to be attributed to the author of the Nibelungenlied. The story of the dragonslayer called Siegfried or Sigurd accounts for the first half of the main plot and the originally unrelated story of the death of the Burgundian kings at the hands of the Huns and their king Atli (Attila) for the second. The welding necessitated some changes, thus in the Scandinavian epics that contain just the Atli saga, the sister of Gunther, who is married to Atli, kills her husband to avenge her brothers. In the Nibelungenlied Kriemhild kills her brother using the army of her second husband Etzel (Attila) to avenge the murder of her first husband Siegfried.
** A canon-welding that does seem to be the idea of the writer of the Nibelungenlied is the inclusion of Dietrich and his knights in the finale, which fuses the Nibelungen story to the cycle of epics about Dietrich of Bern (Theoderic the Great). In that cycle Attila was presented essentially as a sympathetic character and generous host, not the kind of treacherous and cold-blooded killer as in the Atli sagas.
* George Mann's timeline of the ''[[Literature/AffinityBridge Newbury & Hobbes]]'' universe, at the back of ''The Casebook of Newbury & Hobbes'', includes his Franchise/SherlockHolmes novel, his ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'' work and ''Literature/TheGhost2010''.
* Creator/RobertEHoward did this a lot with his historical, horror and fantasy stories. Just to name a few examples: Literature/{{Kull}} was explicitly tied with Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian in the essay "The Hyborian Age". Both was tied with the historical-fantasy character Literature/BranMakMorn through the Kull-Bran crossover "Kings of the Night". The ring of Thoth-Amon, from the Conan stories, and worshipers of Bran are featured in Howard's modern horror stories, while both Bran and Kull are mentioned in one of his Turlogh Dubh O'Brien stories set in 1200's. It wouldn't be unreasonable to consider all of Howard's speculative fiction to be part of [[TheVerse the same verse]], even if Howard [[AuthorExistenceFailure never lived]] to point it out himself. And of course Howard and Creator/HPLovecraft making references to each-others in their works was the foundation of the Franchise/CthulhuMythos mention above.
* Members of a family named "Hempstock" have appeared in quite a few seemingly unconnected works by {{Creator/Neil Gaiman}}, including {{Literature/Stardust}}, {{Literature/The Graveyard Book}} and, most predominately, {{Literature/The Ocean at the End of the Lane}}. Death from {{ComicBook/The Sandman}} also gets a mention in Stardust.
* Indie author Royce Day's SpaceOpera ''Literature/TheRedVixenAdventures'' series and DieselPunk novella ''Prisoner of War'' both involve characters of a species that resemble humanoid foxes, feature characters who express similar religious and political views, and have a protagonist named Lord Rolas Darktail. But it wasn't confirmed as the same 'verse until ''Shadow of her Sins'' in the former series, which featured a minor character from Gerwart, an expy of Germany from "POW".
* There's a ''Literature/{{Flashman}}'' book where the title character (himself originally from ''Tom Brown's Schooldays'') encounters Literature/SherlockHolmes, Watson, and their nemesis Tiger Moran.
* Creator/SteveAlten 's flagship ''Literature/{{Meg}}'' series and his seventh novel, ''The Loch'', became part of the same continuity with the latter book's sequel ''Vostok''.
* An unusual example of an author allowing someone else to Canon Weld their work: the ''Creator/ArthurCClarke's Venus Prime'' series by Paul Preuss have as their premise that many of Clarke's stories are set in a single Verse.
* Creator/RolandSmith linked his ''Jacob Lansa'' series with the standalone book ''Sasquatch'' by having Buckley Johnson, a character from the latter, appear in the third ''Jacob Lansa'' book. Lansa later appeared in ''Tentacles'', the second of the ''Cryptid Hunters'' series, and returned in the sequels alongside Dylan Hickock, the protagonist of ''Sasquatch''.
* The ''Literature/MarlaMason'' series' ninth book, ''Lady of Misrule'', reveals the author's previously stand-alone novel ''The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl'' to be set in the same universe.
* This, alongside ExecutiveMeddling, is the very origin of the ''Literature/{{Sandokan}}'' series: the author Emilio Salgari had originally written ''The Tigers of Mompracem'' as a stand-alone novel (and made clear in the ending that Sandokan was retiring from piracy) and planned a Tremal Naik series starting with ''The Mistery of the Black Jungle'' (that ended with a CliffHanger), but when reprints of the former outsold the latter by a fair margin the publisher asked Salgari to bring back Sandokan, and ''The Pirates of Malaysia'' starts with Kammamuri from ''The Mistery of the Black Jungle'' learning that Sandokan has unretired... [[OhCrap And the ship he's on has wrecked on his island]].
* The Literature/KateShugak novel ''Restless in the Grave'' features an appearance from Liam Campbell, the Alaska State Trooper protagonist of Dana Stabenow's other crime series, and other characters from his books. It may be a FullyAbsorbedFinale as there have been no Campbell novels since, and in ''Restless in the Grave'' [[spoiler:Liam has finally married his long-term love interest, and his mentor Moses is killed off at the climax.]]
* "The Dancing Floor", one of Creator/CherryWilder's last published works, combines elements from her Literature/{{Torin}} novels and her Literature/RhomaryLand novels, establishing them as part of the same future history.
* Keith Roberts' short story "Unlikely Meeting", published in ''Interzone'' #88, has teenage witch Anita meet Kaeti from ''Kaeti and Company''. Since Kaeti and company are a UniversalAdaptorCast anyway, he doesn't need to worry much about how it all fits together. (They've both read each others' books but it's not even particularly clear whether that's MutuallyFictional or ATrueStoryInMyWorld.)
* Creator/MatthewReilly novels often drop references to his other works. It kicked up a notch when a character from a Scarecrow novella appeared in the Jack West Jr books, [[spoiler:and up a few more notches when Scarecrow himself (protagonist of the eponymous series) shows up as a main character in the fourth Jack West Jr. novel, while references were made to other Scarecrow novels]].
* ''Literature/TheGiverQuartet'': initially a standalone, ''Literature/TheGiver'' is about a boy named Jonas who lives in a FalseUtopia; he escapes at the end, along with baby Gabe, but [[AmbiguousEnding their fate is ambiguous]]. Another Creator/LoisLowry book, ''Literature/GatheringBlue,'' is set in a primitive village AfterTheEnd, but the characters eventually find a more advanced village with characters who ''might'' be Jonas and Gabe; WordOfGod initially said that it was up to reader interpretation. The following sequels, ''Literature/{{Messenger}}'' and ''Literature/{{Son}},'' slowly do away with any ambiguity.
* Creator/CliveBarker did this with ''Literature/TheScarletGospels'' distinctly bringing Harry D'Amour and ''Literature/TheHellboundHeart'' and ''Film/{{Hellraiser}}'' character Pinhead together, but there were hints in earlier books this may have been planned for longer.
* The ''Literature/FiveKingdoms'' series is set in the same {{Multiverse}} as that of the author's previous work, ''Literature/TheBeyonders.'' Two characters who died in the previous series show up in the world's shared afterlife in ''Five Kingdoms,'' and it's mentioned by those characters that the creatures known as torivors who trouble the Outskirts are a problem in their world, too.
* Creator/DonaldKingsbury's ''Literature/PsychohistoricalCrisis'': A FanSequel to the ''{{Literature/Foundation}}'' series {{retcon}}s several setting details and ties in Dr Asimov's otherwise unrelated {{Novelette}} "Literature/Nightfall1941". Since it's not "official", it's free to ignore the Robots connection, and does so.


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